By Huston Smith
Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the fundamental components and teachings of the world's foremost faiths, together with Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the local traditions of Australia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of those religions, Smith devotes unique recognition to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the lessons of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the original charm and presents of every of the traditions and divulges their carry at the human middle and mind's eye.
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The adoration of the great by the people in the seventeenth century (La Bruyère). This was a result of imagination ﬁlling up the void, a result which has disappeared since money has been substituted for it. Two base results, but money the baser of the two. In no matter what circumstances, if the imagination is stopped from pouring itself out we have a void (the poor in spirit). ) imagination can ﬁll the void. This is why average human beings can become prisoners, slaves, 1 For the meaning of this word (lectures) in the vocabulary of Simone Weil, see later chapter on Readings.
I do not understand them. They are meant for beings who, to start with, possess the elementary moral virtues. I speak of them at random. ’ Fully sharing the political ideas of Simone Weil as I do, I think it more becoming that I should not dwell on them at great length. Any other person but myself might make something very moving out of the story of this life in which, through the inﬂuence of reﬂection and faith, an essentially revolutionary temperament was gradually impregnated with the cult of tradition and the past.
That is why ‘to philosophise is to learn to die’. That is why ‘to pray is like a death’. 1 God does not in fact exist in the same way as created things which form the only object of experience for our natural faculties. Therefore, contact with supernatural reality is at ﬁrst felt as an experience of nothingness. ] renunciation of time When pain and weariness reach the point of causing a sense of perpetuity to be born in the soul, through contemplating this perpetuity with acceptance and love, we are snatched away into eternity.